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  1. Back-loaded schedule should help Sharks start strong

    Sep 30, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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    San Jose Sharks v Anaheim Ducks

    November and December should be kind to the Sharks this season. They better be, because February is going to be tough.

  2. 2011-2012 season preview: Minnesota Wild

    Sep 30, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    Mikko Koivu, Dany Heatley

    The Wild got a bit better in the offseason finally injecting offense into their lineup. Is that enough of a change to get them back to the playoffs though? Ah ha, that’s the question.

  3. Another successful tryout: Kings sign Trent Hunter to one-year deal

    Sep 30, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

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    Trent Hunter

    Trent Hunter’s great training camp in Los Angeles earned him a one-year contract with the Kings.

  4. Drew Doughty’s contract details show he’s not actually making more than Anze Kopitar

    Sep 30, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

    Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar

    Some thought it was wrong that Drew Doughty was going to make more than Anze Kopitar. Technically, that’s not the case at all.

  5. No question: Los Angeles are the kings of the road in 2011-12

    Sep 30, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Los Angeles Kings v Phoenix Coyotes

    By kicking off the season in Europe and playing the vast majority of games in February and March on the road, it’s no surprise that the Kings will travel more miles than any other team in the NHL this season.

  6. Ducks will have to overcome nightmare schedule to compete

    Sep 30, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Lubomir Visnovsky, Jonas Hiller

    The Ducks will have to survive a 7-game road trip early in the season and an 8-game trip in February if they want to have a shot at the playoffs.

  7. Video: Brendan Shanahan explains reasoning behind Brendan Smith suspension

    Sep 30, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT

    Brendan Shanahan

    Brendan Shanahan breaks down the reasons behind why Detroit’s Brendan Smith is sitting down for a total of eight games for hitting Chicago’s Ben Smith.

  8. 2011-2012 season preview: Edmonton Oilers

    Sep 30, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

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    Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

    The Oilers were abysmal last season. Can things get better this year or are Oilers fans taking their lumps one more time while a very young team grows together? Yeah, you know how this is going.

  9. 2011-2012 season preview: Colorado Avalanche

    Sep 30, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Matt Duchene

    2010-2011 record: 30-44-8, 68 points; 4th in Northwest, 14th in West Playoffs: Did not qualify After making the playoffs two seasons ago, everything went wrong for the Avalanche last season. With injuries and poor goaltending being the main culprits, the Avs hope good health shines through and that offseason moves will help move them out…

  10. Steve Staios’ tryout with Islanders went well, signs one-year deal worth $800,000

    Sep 30, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Steve Staios

    Steve Staios’ tryout with the New York Islanders must’ve gone pretty well as the team signed him to a one-year deal.

  11. Shanahan rules: Brendan Smith suspended eight total games for head shot

    Sep 30, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

    Brendan Smith

    Brendan Shanahan’s iron fist has come down on Detroit’s Brendan Smith and he’s done for the rest of the preseason and five regular season games as well.

  12. 2011-2012 season preview: Calgary Flames

    Sep 30, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Alex Tanguay, Jarome Iginla

    So many possibilities for the Calgary Flames this season. Can they avoid the season-killing slump to finally get back to the playoffs after two straight misses?

  13. “But you promised!” Mike Ilitch says Gary Bettman promised him Detroit would move East

    Sep 30, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

    Mike Ilitch

    We don’t know what NHL realignment is going to look like, but Mike Ilitch apparently knows the Red Wings are going to the Eastern Conference because Gary Bettman promised.

  14. Schedule could cause Coyotes to be streaky next season

    Sep 30, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Los Angeles Kings v Phoenix Coyotes

    Long stretches away from Arizona combined with long stretches on home ice could equal one of the streakiest teams in the league this season.

  15. Stars schedule presents ample opportunity for prolonged losing streaks

    Sep 30, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Tomas Fleischmann, Kari Lehtonen

    Three separate stretches next season could prove to hurt the Dallas Stars’ playoff chances next season.

  16. Contract quotable: Kings and Doughty react to long-term agreement

    Sep 30, 2011, 3:43 AM EDT

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    Drew Doughty

    The first step was for all sides to reach a contract agreement. With that out of the way, the next step is for everyone to talk about reaching the contract agreement.

  17. Watch out! Canucks will probably be streaking into the playoffs

    Sep 30, 2011, 1:30 AM EDT

    Vancouver Canucks v Boston Bruins - Game Six

    NHL teams better get to the Canucks quick, because once the calendar turns to March, they should be streaking towards the playoffs.

  18. Extended road trips will challenge the Edmonton Oilers

    Sep 30, 2011, 1:02 AM EDT

    Coyotes Oilers Hockey

    The Edmonton Oilers are faced with a schedule that will see them travel over 5,000 miles this season. We’ll go out on a limb and assume this probably isn’t how a young team wants to learn how to win.

  19. Kings and Drew Doughty agree on 8-year, $56 million contract

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:43 PM EDT

    Drew Doughty

    The Los Angeles Kings and restricted agent Drew Doughty have finally come to terms on an 8-year, $56 million contract. And not a moment too soon.

  20. Avalanche will determine their fate during eight game homestand in November

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:20 PM EDT

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    Gabriel Landeskog

    The young Avalanche will need to survive a tough, Eastern Conference road trip to start the season. If not, the season could be over before it begins.

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